We have new hours, being time to plant and all, and us having gazillions of plants to sell… Jacqueline says I should tell you we have really good deals, like our 4″ pots of beautiful tomato plants are only $2, and 5″ pots are only $4! And that we use only vegetable oil (“grease”, filtered, from restaurants) in our rototiller and tractor, no gas or diesel. Also we still get people coming over that say “I never even knew you were back here!” so feel free to spread the word and bring friends if you like what we have, cuz we have LOTS of plants to sell!
SO, hours are now:
Wed, Thur and Fri 12-6
Sat at the Shutesbury Farmers Market 8:30-12
and here 12-4
The Shutesbury Farmers Market is in the center, behind Town Hall, very easy to find and LOTs of good vendors selling great stuff!
All the plants are now organized, so we have a table of brassicas (broc, kale, collards, raab), another table of other veggies (peppers – hot and sweet, lettuce, arugula, eggplant, swiss chard), one for culinary herbs and one for medicinal herbs (my favorites), one table FULL of basil plants, and 2 tables of annuals. The new greenhouse foundation is filled with tomato plants in 4 and 5″ pots, as well as cosmos and zinnia plants!
Again, 4″ pots of beautiful tomato plants are only $2! And 5″ pots are only $4
Olive oil is gone until the new shipment comes in June, but we are taking orders, because we may be able to keep close to the introductory price if we order enough.
(like a CSA but Community Supported Olive Oil): next year plan ahead and order what you need for the year (like they do in Greece), prepay, and when the new shipment comes in you just come pick it up! It will save shipping and keep costs down, and supposedly it’s very efficient to ship pallets by boat then directly to us, better than us ordering 2-3 cases at a time. There will be a minimum like 3 or 4 tins, but you can always team up with another family.
Back to plants… have you ever seen a baby pine tree?
Time to get back to work. Hope the added hours are more accommodating for everyone! We also sell food during those times, so you can now get your spinach fresh almost every day (although I don’t think you should eat it every day because it blocks calcium absorption if eaten TOO often… but we have other stuff like kale and lettuce)!
Drink water, go swimming if you can, stay cool. See you soon.
I forgot to mention it is Olea Estates if you want to view their website – they show pictures of the harvesting and everything. They sell the tins for $58, we are just offering it at our “introductory” cost to help get it out there… and where else can you get amazing fresh Organic Olive Oil for $36/ tin?)
They are going through the organic certification process now, but Steve says :
“Basically, the farm has been farmed organically for a long, time (and certification by some organization is pending, but take my word for it, my uncle uses “no chemicals”. That is his mantra.) … The one pest that in years past was addressed collectively with chemical pesticides as it could easily wipe out a farmer’s crop, is the olive fly. My uncle’s approach, soon copied by neighbors as it was found to be superior to the little commercial traps that were sold, was to hang a stick of wood from a branch on each tree and dip it in a sugar water solution. So, there you go. Sugar.”
We had quite an exciting storm on Tuesday- huge dark (some greenish – yikes!) clouds, WILD winds and some rain (not as much as we hoped for… but a good start). Luckily we had our awesome helper Jaqueline here to help shuttle flats of basil plants back into the greenhouse and our 10 baby chicks into the house, just in the nick of time before the rain started and everything loose in the yard went flying through the air!! We had just spent the day transplanting our large tomato plants (about 600 of them) into 5″ pots, and most were okay, some just need a little recovery time from the wind. We were very fortunate.
We have many plants for sale -ready and safe to plant out – $3/ 6-pack
strawberries – in 3″ peat pots $1
veggies (3 types of broccoli, 3 or 4 types of kale, brussel sprouts, collards, lettuce (at least 6 different kinds and a mix)
herbs (culinary and medicinal – chamomile, calendula, chives, motherwort – so far)
flowers (pineapple sage is huge ~ we had a hummingbird visit today already!)
and more growing every day!
Basically we grow and sell most veggie, flower and herb plants~ zinnias to asters, thyme, oregano, chives, lemon balm, ashwaganda, rosemary, tomatoes, summer lettuce mixes… and LOTS more.
So for food
We have rhubarb, onion greens, scallions, leeks, beautiful heads of lettuce that keep wonderfully well, lacinato (tuscan) kale, some spinach, small bunches of fresh herbs (thyme, oregano, spearmint, peppermint and lemon balm) and chives.
Also we have Organic Olive Oil from my extended family in Greece – large tins for $36 each, which is our cost for now (they are not charging shipping as a promotional thing). But it is DELICIOUS and fresh, not a bit rancid… really wonderful. Hardly any words or marketing junk on the tin also, which I like… simple! Just good stuff.
Next week we’ll have 2 lb. wheels of goat gouda cheese from Blue Ledge Farm in Vermont. YUM. We use it on everything because we don’t eat much cow cheese – melts well and tastes amazing.
For medicine makers:
Come harvest our lemon balm and chamomile for a calming and delicious herbal glycerite (tincture made with vegetable glycerine instead of alcohol) or spearmint / peppermint for a digestive-helping glycerite. I will give you a quick lesson if you need one and do have vegetable glycerine for sale… bring a clean pint jar! Also motherwort is almost ready, and mullein leaf is ready for tincturing. I hope to have herbal video lessons on here at some point…